When I worked at RadioCentral in San Francisco, I told a friend there that I sometimes got a song stuck in my head for days and that listening to it repeatedly was the best way to clear my head. She was single and living alone in San Francisco. One of the blessings of living alone, she said, was that you could queue up a song on repeat for an entire weekend and no one would complain. If I was living alone, or if it wouldn’t drive Sarah crazy, Adam Carroll’s song, “Race Car Joe”, would be getting heavy rotation on my sound system. I originally bought the album for the clever “Ol’ Milwaukee’s Best” which is good. But it doesn’t have the haunting nature of “Race Car Joe”. If you haven’t looked into Josh Ritter’s new album “The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter” you’re missing out a good album. Not great, but better than most of the other dreck out there these days. Perhaps he best song on the album is “The Temptation of Adam,” a song about love that blossoms in a missile silo during the Cold War. At the very least, you’ve got to love the premise. The lyrics are amazingly clever:> Oh Marie if you would stay then we could stick pins in the map Of all the places where you thought that love would be found But I would only need one pin to show where my heart’s at In a top secret location three hundred feet under the groundWe could hold each other close and stay up every night Looking up into the dark like it’s the night sky And pretend this giant missile is an old oak tree instead And carve our name in hearts into the warheadYou can listen to most of Ritter’s album at his website, including a full version of “The Temptation of Adam”.